A nine-judge constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday set aside previous judgments and unanimously declared that privacy was a fundamental right but not an absolute right.
How the protest against Aadhaar led to the Right to Privacy:
Sept 2013: Supreme Court (SC) passes interim order saying no beneficiary should suffer in the absence of Aadhaar
Oct 2015: SC sets up Constitution Bench to see if Aadhaar was an invasion to citizen’s privacy
Mar 2016: Aadhaar Bill introduced in Parliament as money Bill
Apr 2016: Congress approaches SC against the government move to treat Aadhaar Bill as money Bill
Jun 2017: SC partially stays law making Aadhaar mandatory for Permanent Account Number, income tax return filing
Jul 2017: Five-judge Constitution Bench prima facie disagrees with the government argument that privacy was not a fundamental right.
Matter referred to nine-judge Constitution Bench
Aug 2017: Centre appoints 10-member committee under former SC justice B N Srikrishna to suggest measures for data protection
Aug 2017: Nine-judge Bench reserves its judgment